START – Saatchi Gallery, London

Hexagon I - Ensemble
Showcasing young galleries and new artists from around the world, START continues the collaboration between The Saatchi Gallery, Parallel Contemporary Art and Prudential, who together aim to support emerging artists from Asia and elsewhere, giving them a global platform here in London.  A celebration of diversity and creativity around the world.  June 2014.

Featured: A Hidden Order, Hexagon I – Ensemble, exploring the relationship between traditional Islamic art and Western contemporary musical composition.  Sama Mara and Lee Westwood, http://www.musicalforms.com

http://www.startartfair.com

http://www.saatchigallery.com

http://www.parallelcontemporaryart.com

The Prudence Foundation: Santa Fe Rebuild, Post-Typhoon Yolanda, Philippines

BeforeAfterMuch afterSanta Fe, Bantayan IslandIn partnership with the Santa Fe municipal authority, Habitat for Humanity and Prudential’s CSR The Prudence Foundation, a team of 100+ Prudential Asia volunteers spent a week on Bantayan island, as part of the Typhoon Yolanda / Haiyan relief effort.  Targeting sustainable housing, as well as sustainable livelihoods, 135 disaster-resilient homes, 183 motorised fishing boats and 140 pedicabs were donated, as well as manpower to kick start the initiative.  On the building site itself it was more about human chaining bricks for substantial amounts of time; carrying sand / water / cement; mixing cement (7:5:1, in case you’re wondering); and laying bricks.  Surprisingly satisfying – if you need any walls building, please let me know.  March 2014.

[Really very unfortunate that the screenshot has frozen at this exact moment. Ndlr]

http://www.prudentialcorporation-asia.com/corp/prudential_en_pca/header/press/mediainvestors/pressreleases/2014/20140408_1_Manila.html

http://blogs.wsj.com/searealtime/2014/04/15/journey-vocalist-gives-a-charitable-boost-to-typhoon-haiyan-recovery/

Single: Charity (Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan Recovery) [feat. Arnel Pineda]:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/charity-typhoon-yolanda-haiyan/id853821670

http://www.habitatforhumanity.org.uk/home

http://www.cartoonnetworkasia.com/cha-ching/en/index.php?ads=1

Lai See

Lai SeeBack in the office after the start of the Lunar New Year includes Red Packets; the Lion Dance (knock the cabbage from the boss’ doorframe, touch the Lion’s nose by your desk); the Roasted Pig Cutting Ceremony; and the God of Fortune spreading good luck and happiness to all.  February 2014.

Hong Kong Eye

2013-05-17 16.17.20 2013-05-17 16.19.53The Eye series was founded by the Global Eye Programme, a partnership between Parallel Contemporary Art and the Saatchi Gallery, London, and is sponsored by Prudential.  Highlighting emerging Asian contemporary artists, Hong Kong Eye follows Korean Eye and Indonesian Eye, and in January 2014, the inaugural Singapore Prudential Eye Awards.  June 2013.

http://www.saatchigallery.com/current/hong_kong_eye.htm

http://prudentialeyeawards.com/